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Poetry By Pablo Neruda

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Transcript of Poetry By Pablo Neruda

pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
the heavens
and open,
palpitating plantations,
shadow perforated,
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.

And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
likeness, image of
felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind.
by Pablo neruda
The poem 'Poetry' by Pablo Neruda
about the author
about the author
literary devices
The author describes his experience with poetry and explains how it came about. Poetry found him in a time of depression and loneliness and helped him to find his identity when he "was without a face". Before he was introduced to poetry he was unable to express and communicate his ideas and in a way was lost. He felt like he knew nothing and couldn't write about anything and so he found the most basic things around
him and figured out their intricate workings. He loves the
way he is able to express his thoughts and emotions through
poetry and now that it has been introduced to him he
is addicted.
The overall message in the poem is that poetry allows people to broaden their perspective and take in their surrounding and allows them to explore things they might have taken for granted. The poet is also trying to convey the message that poetry in a way helps people discover their true identity and can help them in times of distress.
And it was at that age ... Poetry arrived
in search of me. I don't know, I don't know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don't know how or when,
no they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.

I did not know what to say, my mouth
had no way
with names,
my eyes were blind,
and something started in my soul,
fever or forgotten wings,
and I made my own way,
that fire,
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure

In his 1964 poem entitled “Poetry”, Pablo Neruda vividly captured the very essence of what it is to be so intently captivated by something and inspired that it almost becomes your very soul.
In the poem he writes about how he first felt when he started to write about poetry
"And it was at the age ...Poetry arrived in search of me. I don't know, I don't know where it came from, from winter or a river, i don't know how or when"- Neruda 1964. This line
It is easy from the rhythm and form of these lines to realize that he did not look for a way to express himself, it just came to him like "from a winter or a river". He does not know where or how or when, just that suddenly, it was there. The meaning of these lines is clear and explain how he fell in love with poetry

Pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing
palpitating plantations
...Poetry arrived
in search of me.
from the branches of night
among violent fires
the heavens
and open,
palpitating plantations,
shadow perforated,
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.
Pablo Neruda - July 12, 1904 – September 23, 1973) was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet-diplomat and politician Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He chose his pen name after the Czech poet Jan Neruda. In 1971 Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Neruda became known as a poet while still a teenager. He wrote in a variety of styles including surrealist poems, historical epics, overtly political manifestos, a prose autobiography, and erotically-charged love poems such as the ones in his 1924 collection Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair. He often wrote in green ink, which was his personal symbol for desire and hope.

The Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez once called him "the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language." Harold Bloom included Neruda as one of the 26 writers central to the Western tradition in his book The Western Canon. Neruda is the greatest modern poet to have combined a personal and lyrical mode with a political voice in a way that spoke to and for a popular mass readership. Rooted in Chile, his poetry has a universal human significance.
In lines 1-12, Neruda is speaking to whoever is not listening to the sea, whoever is copped up at work or in a factory or in a jail cell. He, the poet, comes to him or her, and opens the door of their prison. A great tremor starts up and there is a fragment of thunder.

In lines 13-30, Neruda is saying that poetry is his destiny, and it is his job, his obligation, to keep such ideas in his awareness. He must gather the poetry all around us in a cup so that no matter where a person locked away from poetry may be found, he will be there. He will bring to the person who lifts their eyes and laments, "How can I reach the sea," the "starry echoes of the wave." Through him, he says, "freedom and the sea will make their...
He explains that he didn't know how to communicate his feelings until poetry sparked ideas in him and allowed him to portray his emotions through words on paper so that he could give others an idea of what he was feeling in a unique way that was his alone.
He felt that he no knowledge on things usually discussed but then he realized that in poetry he could take the simplest of things and create an entirely new perspective on them. He was starting to understand that poetry had no limits or boundaries, he was free to explore anything and everything he wanted. Not only that but he could also simultaneously express his thoughts freely without the pressure of others telling him what is right and what is wrong because it was entirely up to him.
there I was without a face
my heart broke lose on the wind
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